Waste = Food

Café Scientifique: Waste = Food
Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis, MN
Tickets: $5-$12

Call 612-825-8949 for reservations

University of Minnesota College of Design alum Sarah Wolbert promotes an ingenious view of rebalancing urban food systems – one that involves design of detritivore and decomposition systems that eat waste products. This method of using waste as nourishment can actually improve the safety and security of our food supply. Wolbert will share ideas from her graduate design thesis and involve the audience in generating even more solutions.


  1. #1 daedalus2u
    February 15, 2010

    Is her thesis available online yet? This has been an ongoing interest of mine too.

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    February 15, 2010

    The answer to your question is: NO.

    (sorry, could not resist!!)

    I don’t know. Perhaps Sarah will answer your question.

  3. #3 Sarah Wolbert
    February 15, 2010

    a good chunk of writing + ideas can be found at

    hope that helps! in the process of redesigning the web presentation of all this information.

  4. #4 daedalus2u
    February 15, 2010

    Sarah, thank you. I read the file you linked to, but I am more of a technology wonk, and want the details of how I can do it if I ever need to.

    I was thinking of things like cellulose waste to earthworms to chickens to eggs. Or cellulose to bacteria to freshwater mussels. Or cellulose to mushrooms.

    I prefer papers to fancy web designs.

  5. #5 Sarah Wolbert
    February 15, 2010

    I am only in the preliminary process of multiplicities. However, there are people doing things similar to what you mention ~ check these guys out:


    My ideas are more catalysts for conversation than recipes for implementation… Once I get a few more collaborators, this project might be angled down the road you’re interested in.

  6. #6 Silver Fox
    February 16, 2010

    Very interesting web page, Sarah. Thanks to you (and Greg) for posting this info.